If one man guards the pass, ten thousand cannot get through.
This is why the Badaling section of the Great Wall carries great military importance. "Bada" in Chinese literally means "access to all direction" and 'ling" refers to valley. In other words, this section of the Great Wall is easily accessible, and must be safeguarded by all means. The walls here were first built during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 475 BC) and were fortified from time to time during different dynasties. There are watchtowers and beacon towers on the Wall, and the highest point is approximately 800 meter above sea level.
Ming Tomb is the underground palace of the Ming emperors and Changling Tomb which we are going to visit belong to Emperor Yongle (1360-1420) and his empress Xushi, and is the largest of the Ming tombs among the 13 mausoleums covering a hilly area of 40 acres. The Changling Tomb is like a mini "Forbidden City", the marbled floor and the sandalwood columns are indeed impressive. The tour will take you to visit two of the must see sights in Beijing.
Pick up from hotel between 7:00 am - 8:00 am and drive to Ming Tombs (50 miles from downtown Beijing, about one hour drive). Visit Changling of the Ming Tombs, the largest tomb with a history of 500 years. The visit to Changling about 1 hour. Enjoy an early lunch with a short stop at the Jade Carving Factory to learn how the Chinese turn these precious stones into artifacts. Drive to Badaling Great Wall. The hike will take about 2 hours and cable car is available at own expense. On the way back to the hotel, make a stop at a tea house for a Chinese tea ceremony.
|Duration:||Approx. 8 hours|
|Pick up:||Your hotel between 7:00 am - 8:00 am|
|Finishing point:||Your hotel around 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm|
|Tour Cost:||HKD320.00 (approx USD41.00)/pax|
|Cost includes:||*English speaking guides
*Transfer in air-conditioned coach
*Chinese lunch at local restaurant.
|Cost does not include:||*Cable car ticket
*Gratuities and tips to tour guide and driver